For enthusiasts at all levels from beginners onwards , this evening event will provide the clues you need to cracking cryptic crosswords. Tim Moorey will explain the Ximenes rules and take you through the basics, after which – with the help of a wine break – you will divide into pairs to solve a puzzle of your own. In the words of Stephen Sondheim, ‘The nice thing about doing a crossword puzzle is you know there is a solution.’ Read more.
All of us have to do it – “say a few words” – at one time or another. Most of us are terrified by the thought of it. But don’t panic. This three-hour workshop will enable you to make fear of your audience a thing of the past. Does the prospect of addressing a roomful of people leave you weak with terror? Does your mouth dry up and your stomach turn over at the invitation to speak? Can you imagine a future in which you can stand up and speak to a crowd without feeling like a fool? Make your fear a thing of the past. This practical and interactive session is for people who want to appear confident and in control even when they are feeling the exact opposite. By exploring concepts of effective communication we will work on your presence and your content to ensure that you have command of your impact and come across as engaging, memorable, authoritative – and relaxed. Testimonials: “Bravo, bravo… How to Academy’s ‘be confident speaking in public’ was brilliant. Three hours packed with ideas and effective teaching skills. A superb teacher and a must for anyone nervous about speaking in public.”- Robin. “Edie is a brilliant trainer; enthusiastic, engaging and delivered great practical advice. 3 hours very well spent. The ‘How To Academy’ is a fantastic organization and I look forward to attend many more courses!” – Paddy “Many thanks, Edie. I found the evening so helpful. It was both enlightening and encouraging to discover that all the other participants said they found public speaking daunting, when, to me, they generally sounded so confident! And seeing the strong and immediate effect on impact when your techniques were followed was fascinating – you can’t get that out of a book! I am delighted that I attended your event. Thank you so much for your help. With best regards,” – Nina “Really enjoyed it. Practical, well-taught and entertaining – and I didn’t even think I needed help! Thanks so much for having me along.” – Rowland Read more.
This talk by leading communications expert Richard Newman will help you to increase your influence and impact whenever you give a presentation, sales pitch or speech. You will discover simple changes that transform your results, as proven by international scientific research. Whether you are an experienced speaker or just getting started you will learn new insights that help you gain the reactions and respect you deserve in your most important meetings. This is a lively and practical session, filled with activities that allow you to try out different techniques so that you can confidently put everything you learn into action. Read more.
A life-changing talk by the BBC’s Doctor in the House on how to combat stress. Many people don’t realise that implementing small changes to their routine can reduce or completely eradicate stress. In this talk Dr Chatterjee will show how by addressing the underlying causes of our anxieties in four main areas: Body, Mind, Relationships, and Purpose, we can learn to cope and live a happier, more fulfilling and stress-free life. WHAT THEY’RE SAYING “Comprehensive, empowering and grounded in scientific research, Dr Chatterjee tackles the disabling affliction that so many of us suffer yet few of us defeat: stress” – Matthew Walker, author of Why We Sleep Read more.
Join award-winning explorer Levison Wood for the tale of his hardest and most emotional journey yet: an expedition across 5000 miles of the Arabian Peninsula. In his quest to document the world’s people and cultures, Levison Wood has led expeditions into Earth’s remotest regions and most dangerous post-conflict zones. Whether hitchhiking across the Silk Road as a 22-year old, crossing the Himalayas or Central America’s notorious Darién Gap, conducting scientific research in Central Africa or climbing mountains in Iraq, his passion for adventure and discovering more about indigenous ways of life has made him the best known and most acclaimed British traveller of his generation. Now he joins the How To: Academy to tell us the unheard story of his longest and most challenging expedition so far. Following in the footsteps of notable travellers past – T.E. Lawrence, Ibn Battutah, Freya Stark, and Gertrude Bell – he set out to circumnavigate the Arabian peninsula from Iraq to Lebanon. Travelling across 13 countries by camel, foot, mule, truck, car, donkey and battle tank, and equipped with historical knowledge, patience, and a sense of purpose, he undertook a mission to overturn stereotypes and knock-down myths, uncover hidden mysteries – and challenge himself, too. Arabia. Even the name is controversial – a Western construct for a peninsula made up of states and countries, some of them tipping over the edges and geographically at odds with inclusion. But whether lush and green, marshland, mountain, desert or holy land – whether peopled by Muslims, Christians, Jews, it is a region that has beckoned Lev for a long time. He knew he would meet danger and intrigue, suspicion and distrust – but he also knew that he would be welcomed as a guest by the people of these countries… or such was the hope. Don’t miss your chance to hear from this master storyteller and documentarian as he recollects his adventure in one of the most important – and misrepresented – regions on Earth. Read more.
Paul Dolan, Professor of Behavioural Science at the LSE and bestselling author of Happiness by Design, presents a radical rethinking of what really makes us happy. Be ambitious, get married, have kids and look after your health. This is what we’re told will make us happy, but what if these stories are doing more harm than good? Drawing on new research about wellbeing, inequality, discrimination and life satisfaction Paul will shatter the common myths about our sources of happiness and show that there can be many unexpected paths to lasting happiness. These might involve choosing not to marry or be monogamous, deciding not to go into higher education and caring a little less about living for as long as possible. Join us for a new appraisal of what it is that leads to happiness, with Paul presenting his new book Happy Ever After: Escaping the Myth of the Perfect Life. Read more.
An unmissable talk by Buddhist monk Haemin Sunim , one of the most influential Zen Buddhist teachers in the world, and author of the international bestseller The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down. Read more.
How did our minds come to be so powerful, and yet so fragile? Dr. Randolph Nesse reveals the origins of the emotional conditions affecting so many of us – and offer new insights for their treatment and management. Read more.